Recently, I have been approached by quite a few aspirants who want to pursue the Masters in Engineering Management degree in the United States Of America. Through my interaction, I have realised an acute lack of awareness about the degree on the part of the aspirants and hence here, I have tried to outline all the relevant stuff related to the Masters in Engineering Management degree.

This is by no means an exhaustive guide and one should research the school properly before taking the plunge.

What is it?

The Masters in Engineering Management, commonly called MEM, is a specialized degree targeted at engineering graduates with the intention of building a bridge between engineering, technology and management. It mainly entails tools and techniques that are used to manage engineering process outputs with a view of generating business value.

Basically, its an Engineer’s MBA.

Who is it for?

A common complaint among engineering graduates is the slow meandering pace of growth in their native industries. The Masters in Engineering Management degree offers engineers with an opportunity to get into the higher echelons of an organization without having to forego their knowledge of engineering and technology.

The core curriculum comprises courses on marketing finance, intellectual management, and management law. The degree blends of engineering and management skills and makes engineers more attuned to the world of business. The course comes handy in situations when a business problem requires considerable knowledge of engineering and technology. In such cases, Masters in Engineering Management graduates come into their own and use their technological expertise and business acumen to deliver useful business solutions.

Some of the key areas where Masters in Engineering Management graduates can leverage their knowledge are planning, scheduling, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling of different engineering processes. The program is tailor made for those young or experienced engineering graduates who want to take technical management and leadership role in the big technical firms.

Pre-requisites

As you might have already guessed from the name, the Masters in Engineering Management degree is aimed at Engineers. As a result of this, most schools offering the degree require students to have an engineering degree or a degree very closely linked to engineering.

Schools also allow students from Science, Mathematics and related disciplines to apply but require them to complete some basic pre-course stuff related to engineering before they begin their course.

In addition to this, you need a valid GRE/GMAT score and a valid TOEFL (or IELTS depending on the school) score in order to apply.

Career Outcomes

Given its close association with engineering and technology, MEM graduates are pretty much in demand in the technology companies. Typically, MEM graduates end up taking up roles like Business Analyst, Marketing Manager, Automation Engineer, Clinical Specialist etc.

Companies which hire MEM graduates include high tech firms like Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook etc. Additionally, banking institutions like BNP Paribas, HSBC, Amex also lean towards recruiting MEM graduates in tech roles. Further,  consulting firms like Deloitte, PwC, KPMG etc. also recruit large number of MEM graduates every year.

Broadly speaking, wherever there is tech on a large scale, there is a requirement of MEM graduates.

Funding

More often than not, the key deciding factor when selecting a school abroad comes down to the expenses and availability of financial aid from the university.

The MEM program, unfortunately, is considered a professional degree and hence, most schools don’t offer scholarships for the program. However, given the small duration of the course, the fees is pretty much manageable and given the career prospects, a not-too-big loan should be easily repayable.

Some Top Colleges Offering MEM

Following is a list of some of the top colleges in the USA which offer MEM degree. Intakes vary from school to school and in about 60% schools, the intake happens only in Fall semester.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master of Engineering Management USA
Stanford University Master of Engineering Management USA
Cornell University Masters of Engineering Management USA
Columbia University MSc Management Science & Engineering USA
Duke University Masters of Engineering Management USA
Dartmouth College Master of Engineering Management USA
Johns Hopkins University Master of Science in Engineering Management USA
Northwestern University Master of Engineering Management USA
Purdue University Master of Engineering Management USA
Tufts University Master of Science in Engineering Management USA
University of Southern California Master of Science in Engineering Management USA
University of California Irvine Master of Science in Engineering Management USA
Georgia Institute Of Technology (Not Confirmed) USA
University Of California-Berkeley Master of Information Management and Systems USA
University Of Michigan MS in Engineering Management USA
University Of Wisconsin-Madison MS in Engineering Management USA
Univ Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Master of Science in Technology Management USA
Texas A&M University Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management USA
Northeastern University Master of Science in Engineering Management USA
Arizona State University Master of Engineering in engineering management USA
North Carolina State University Masters of Science in Engineering Management USA
Univ Of Massachusetts At Amherst Master of Engineering Management USA

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